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25 Ways to Get Back on Track Today

Don't Give Up on Your Goals!

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Not long ago, you were energetic and determined to start your healthy lifestyle. Starting with enthusiasm and hope, you watched your food intake diligently, exercised like it was going out of style, and even avoided the temptation that seemed to lurk around every corner. You were confident that you were going to reach your goals once and for all!

Then certain tragedy struck! You ate an extra piece of birthday cake. Realizing you had “blown” your diet, you ate another and another and couldn’t get it together the next day either. Or worse, you missed one workout, and that turned into a whole week away from the gym. After that, your momentum to start over again was gone, and your gym bag hasn’t left the closet since.

Every time you misstep on your healthy journey, you have two choices: to keep walking backwards, which will surely take you even further away from your goals; or to accept your lack of perfection as normal and forgivable, and take not one, but two positive steps down the path that brings your closer to the future you want.

If you’re reading this, you might have been walking backwards for a while. But instead of waiting for the next day, week, month or even year to overhaul your habits, start TODAY. And start small. You can’t go from the recliner to running or from burgers to Brussels sprouts in an afternoon. But you can do one, two or even a handful of small things that will help you regain your momentum for healthy living.

When you feel like getting back on track is overwhelming, try one (or more) of these small steps each day.

1. Try a short workout. Even five minutes is better than nothing. For ideas browse our video library or workout generator.

2. Try a new recipe. Cooking healthy foods can be fun and it never has to be bland.

3. Eat a healthy breakfast. Your morning meal sets the stage for the rest of your day, so start if off right! Get lots of breakfast ideas here.

4. Drink your water. Try to aim for 8 cups each day and you’ll feel the difference!

5. Look at Motivational SparkPages. Seeing how others overcome similar struggles and obstacles can be a great source of motivation.

6. Track your food today. No matter how it adds up, you’ll learn from it.

7. Update your SparkPage. It’s a visual way to track your ups and downs, but also your progress.
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Member Comments

  • Excellent tips! This article is a keeper! I will be referring to it over and over! Thanks! - 9/16/2014 4:59:24 PM
  • Important reminders. It is easy for me to get discouraged thinking about how far I have to go. When I mess up, I tend to give up, but hopefully not for good. I had a one or two bad weeks, but I am back on track. When I played soccer with my son and his team, I realized why I want to lose weight and get in shape. Soccer would be more fun if I could breathe. my nutrition tracker and fitness trackers are my most important tools for getting there. - 9/16/2014 2:22:10 PM
  • really wish sp would update their motivational pages. some of those members haven't been active in months, years even. would be nice to get some fresh motivators. - 9/16/2014 1:05:48 PM
  • UB24406
    What a great article! Thinking about when I started this journey to better health, I was so motivated as I gathered up all the tools to help me. One of my foundations to better health is getting to and maintaining a healthy weight. This has been a constant battle for me. I would like to lose 10 more pounds just to give me a cushion from the 1 or 2 lbs up saga. This article suggested to make 1 change...for me that change was to not have a glass of wine with dinner. That saved me some empty calories and gave me the opportunity to drink more water. I am going to practice this all week along with my toolbox to get myself back on the winning track. - 9/2/2014 11:48:17 AM
  • Just in time! I really needed to hear these ideas. Thanks! - 8/28/2014 11:35:30 AM
  • Great ideas, just what I needed to read today! - 7/14/2014 10:15:39 AM
  • Good reminders. - 7/14/2014 5:27:08 AM
  • IMALOSEIN
    Very helpful tips, thank you, gave me a much needed boost! - 7/13/2014 11:21:11 AM
  • COGSY_45
    Thank you I needed this. - 6/14/2014 3:12:51 PM
  • Thanks for the great ideas -- all very doable! - 5/17/2014 11:07:33 AM
  • Thank you! I've been struggling a lot lately, and I tend to put off getting back on track until Monday. But it's been happening week after week after week.
    Thank you for reminding me that EVERY choice counts, no matter how small, and that this is a journey of small steps linked together.
    - 5/9/2014 10:11:50 AM
  • just starting out again and this is what i need to help me - 3/14/2014 9:29:11 AM
  • I needed to read this right now! I really liked the part about expecting perfection sets you up for failure. I need to remember this, and that it is ok if I go off track ever now and then. Just because I don't eat in my calorie range for a day or two, or don't work out every day, doesn't mean I've failed and need to quit all together. It just means I'm human, and I can try again! - 1/20/2014 8:44:31 PM
  • Joining Curves did it for me. Paying money to work out is a great motivator. - 1/7/2014 8:35:15 PM
  • Tracking everything I eat is a major help,makes me realize how much I am actually eating and keeps track of calories - 1/5/2014 12:21:50 PM

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